I have never been a great fan of young adult novels which probably stems from the fact that I haven’t read a whole lot of them when I was a young adult. I started reading my mom’s books when I was 10 and there was just no way back to the books my older sister was reading at the time. While there is a trend in books which are aimed at young adults but read in great numbers by adults (a trend the Harry Potter-series has probably launched), Don’t Die, Dragonfly is not a part of it. This is a young adult novel.
So why have I, proclaimed non-fan of young adult novels, read it? It is the first part of The Seer Series, and as such part of my latest research project that concerns itself with the supernatural. There are fairly few very well-known books about seers – at least as far as I can tell from my research so far. Vampires, werewolves and witches have gained a steadier footing in their genre. The interesting aspect of the seer is probably its rooting in our world since there are quite a number of people claiming to have or see with the third eye. Psychics are a reality of our time. While I’m as suspicious of people claiming to see the future as any other person, I still like the idea of there being all kinds of supernatural beings – and I certainly like to read (and hopefully write) about them (in the future).
Don’t Die Dragonfly is the first part of the story of Sabine Rose who has ‘the gift.’ She is sixteen and has just moved to her grandma’s because of problems she’s had at her old high school. Since moving to her grandma’s, she has been deliberately blocking her ‘powers’ because they’re the reason she’s gotten into trouble. But then they start again. Sabine has a vision about a girl her age with a dragonfly tattoo, there is blood involved and danger is hinted at. But this is only part of the mystery as Sabine meets the girl from her vision and is soon caught up in a tale about cheating and thievery at her high school. And then there is Sabine’s new boyfriend Josh who is too good to be true, and the boy who is living in the barn at her grandmother’s: Dominic. And he’s got a gift of his own.
Singleton wrote an intriguing first chapter to her Seers Series with a young protagonist who is afraid of being ostracized by her peers. While the plot is tight and gets better with each page, the story is written in the sometimes a little annoying voice of a sixteen year-old. And as with the Twilight-series one is never quite sure whether it is the voice of the author herself or a rather good attempt at emulating the voice of a sixteen year-old. It’s an easy read and well concocted for young people interested in the supernatural, while I will probably not work through the whole series. I find myself craving a fantastic tale with a more mature protagonist but find that Don’t Die, Dragonfly is still a deserving read.